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Monday 15 February 2010

Angel [Review]

Written by: Cliff McNish.
Publisher: Orion Children's Books.
Format: Hardback.
Released: 7th June 2007
Rating: 4/5

Official synopsis: "It's been many years since fourteen-year-old Freya's life was ruled by an obsession with angels - an obsession which destroyed her family. She has a burgeoning social life at school, and feels adjusted in the world. But then the angels return, and Freya discovers that she herself is a guardian angel. What makes matters worse is the arrival of the strange new girl, Stephanie, who craves for herself the angelic power that Freya resists."

I know this book has been out for a few years now, but I re-visited this a few weeks ago and feel that I should review it (also I want some more content for my blog! :P)

Fourteen-year-old Freya has been ridiculed all her life. She's had a major obsession with Angels, claiming to see them, leading to her being institutionalized. Now older, and able to learn to keep her thoughts to herself, Freya begins to see angels again.

This book has to be an all time favourite. There are some quite haunting moments that make you near enough freeze with terror, and some moments where all you want to do is laugh.

Not only does Freya have to contend with the angels, but her father is gravely ill, and only her brother knows.

A main theme in Angel is of the need to belong, and to be normal. Freya never wanted a life like this, but at the same time, it is something that is so rare and so beautiful that she cannot help but relish in it.

Beautifully written, Angel is a book to read and read again. The characters are believable, and easy to relate to. And most importantly, the story is quite simply beautiful. And not only is it a book that teenagers and possibly adults alike will love, it is beautifully designed. The artwork is stunning. If you don't read it, you are missing out big time!


  1. Sounds like an awesome read! i have a Horns and Halos Reading Challenge that would suit this book well, I mght read it for that! Oh and welcome to the blogosphere!!


  2. Great review, Ryan! This sounds like such an awesome book, and one I should definitely give a go, considering I have a story idea about guardian angels myself. I'll have to check this book out. Thanks for the review!

  3. I really enjoyed this when I read it. I've just finished Cliff's new book, Savannah Grey, and I'd recommend it. It's a very unusual story!

  4. I'd never heard of this one before but it sounds like a great read - I'll have to check it out :o)

    It's always nice to see reviews of older books as well as new ones

  5. A new one for me. Very Interesting. Great start on your blog

  6. oooh, sounds good, i've never heard of it but will have to check it out! i'm a new follower by the way, i found the link at once upon a bookcase :-) you can see my blog at

  7. OOO this sounds soo great. Never even heard of it. AHH every time I visit other blogs I always find GREAT books

  8. I love Cliff McNish- his books are amazing, and always original. Great review, and welcome to blogging!

  9. This is one of my favourite books too. I just could not put it down. It left me with questions but in the absolute best way. This is definitely a book to read again and again. It is so fab to find someone who loves it as much as I do. Welcome to book blogging Ryan. I'm going to add you to the list of UK bloggers on my blog.

  10. This sounds like a great book! Thank you so much for the great review, Ryan. I put this book on my wishlist :)

  11. I'm really glad you reviewed this, because I've seen it around but never really checked it out. It actually sounds like something I'd love, so big thanks for the heads up.